A crucial part of most FATE play is having aspects that relate to the other PCs at the table. What happens when your group's attendance fluctuates wildly? If Bob has aspects relating to Mary and Joan, but Mike is there tonight and Joan isn't, it seems to me like Bob's got an aspect drifting in the wind. And if Jimmy joins the group a month later than everyone else, do we expect people to add an eighth aspect to their sheet?
- Is this a problem in practice? I'm anticipating it in my upcoming game, based on past experience with this group, and I'm hoping to head off any difficulties it might cause. If it's not a problem, whew. If it is, what strategies do you use to deal with it?
I'm wondering if a similar problem might not crop up when a player retires one character and rolls up another in the middle of a campaign; any experience with that would be welcome.
[Left to my own devices, I'd probably come up with a system by which players can choose which PC-related aspects to use that week at the start of each session, based on attendance. I'm sure there are all kinds of problems with that idea though.]